Exploring Surrogacy Options for Same-Sex Couples: What You Need to Know

Surrogacy is a wonderful option for many same-sex couples who want to build a family. With advancements in reproductive technologies, surrogacy has become a popular choice for many couples. Surrogacy is not only for same-sex male couples but also for same-sex female couples who are unable to carry a pregnancy to term.

For same-sex couples, surrogacy is the final step of the assisted reproductive journey. Before starting the surrogacy process, couples must first identify an egg donor or sperm donor and create embryos. This is often done through in vitro fertilization (IVF), a process in which eggs are retrieved from the female partner or an egg donor, fertilized with sperm from the male partner or a sperm donor, and then transferred to a surrogate’s uterus.

Why Same-Sex Couples Should Consider Working with a Reputable Surrogacy Agency

Working with a reputable surrogacy agency can be advantageous for same-sex couples who are considering surrogacy. These agencies have experienced professionals who can guide couples through the process and ensure that they are matched with a surrogate who shares their preferences and expectations. Many surrogates who work with these agencies are motivated by a desire to specifically help LGBTQ+ people family build.

One of the most significant advantages of surrogacy is that it allows same-sex couples to have a child who is biologically related to at least one of the partners. This can be especially important for couples who want to experience the joys of parenthood and share a genetic connection with their child.

When it comes to the number of embryos to transfer, some same-sex couples choose to transfer one embryo with the hopes of having one child, while others may hope to transfer 2 embryos in the hopes of having twins. This is a popular option for many same-sex couples as it becomes possible for each partner to have a biological child of their own. However, before making these types of decisions, all couples should consult with a surrogacy agency and their physician to discuss the risks and pros and cons of such a decision.

Types of Surrogacy: Traditional vs. Gestational Surrogacy for Same-Sex Couples

There are two main types of surrogacy: traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy. In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate’s own eggs are used, and she is inseminated with the intended father’s or donor’s sperm. The surrogate carries the child to term and gives birth, then relinquishes the child to the intended parents. In this type of surrogacy, the surrogate is biologically related to the child.  This method of surrogacy is rarely used and is typically not suggested for same-sex couples as it can sometimes cause legal hurdles that are difficult to overcome.

Gestational surrogacy, on the other hand, involves the use of IVF to create embryos using the eggs and sperm of the intended parents or donors. These embryos are then transferred to the surrogate’s uterus, and she carries the child to term. In this type of surrogacy, the surrogate is not biologically related to the child.

Gestational surrogacy by far the most common type of surrogacy used by same-sex couples. This is because it allows the couple to have a child who is biologically related to at least one of them, and it reduces the legal and emotional complications associated with traditional surrogacy.

Legal Considerations for Same-Sex Couples Considering Surrogacy

Same-sex couples should ensure that they have legal representation to ensure that their rights and the rights of the surrogate are protected. It’s important to work with an attorney who is familiar with surrogacy laws in the state where the surrogate will give birth. The attorney will help draft a surrogacy agreement that outlines the responsibilities and expectations of all parties involved.  At Elevate, all legal costs are part of our agency fee and are coordinated by our case managers to help ensure that all parties are protected.

Surrogacy can be an expensive process, and same-sex couples should carefully consider their financial situation before embarking on the surrogacy journey. Surrogacy costs can include compensation for the surrogate, medical expenses, legal fees, and agency fees. However, many surrogacy agencies offer financing options and staggered payment schedules to help make surrogacy more accessible for same-sex couples.

Elevate Surrogacy Agency is Here to Help You Through the Process

Surrogacy has become a popular and viable option for same-sex couples who dream of growing their family. With the help of a reputable surrogacy agency and legal representation, same-sex couples can navigate the surrogacy process and achieve their dream of parenthood. Each surrogacy journey is unique.  If you are interested in the possibility of family building through surrogacy please contact us here or give us a call at 323-933-8918 to learn more about your specific options.


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